3 March 2020
A Bill has been introduced in the House of Lords to hasten the transition to zero-emission buses. Supported by Campaign for Better Transport, the Buses (Zero Emissions) Bill, proposed by Baroness Jenny Randerson, would prohibit the sale of new diesel-powered buses after 2025, and ensure that all buses on the road are zero-emission by 2035.
Following the Government's announcement of £5 billion for buses and cycling, including funds to get 4,000 zero emission buses on the road, Campaign for Better Transport is calling for further action from the Government in its National Bus Strategy to ensure that all diesel fuelled buses are removed from the bus fleet and clarity is given to bus operators, manufacturers and local authorities on the pace of transition that is required to meet net zero carbon emission targets and tackle air pollution in towns and cities.
Baroness Randerson said:
"With their ability to reduce traffic on our roads, buses are already a vital part of efforts to tackle climate change and air pollution. But the transition to zero-emission buses is not happening quickly enough. I'm pleased to be working with Campaign for Better Transport on this Bill, which will support net zero emission targets and help to clean up the polluted air in our towns and cities. I hope that the Government will respond positively, either directly to the Bill or through the National Bus Strategy to be published this year."
Darren Shirley, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:
"We want to see this deadline to end sales of diesel-powered buses accompanied by funding to help the UK bus industry scale up its production of electric and hydrogen-powered buses, and measures to roll out charging infrastructure. We're happy to support this Bill, which has the capacity to help passengers, the environment and the bus manufacturing sector alike. The National Bus Strategy should ensure that targets are set for the sector that are consistent with the need to meet legal obligations to reduce carbon emissions."
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Notes to Editors
- The Buses (Zero Emissions) Bill can be read online. Sponsored by Liberal Democrat Peer Baroness Randerson, the Bill received its first reading in the House of Lords on 29 January; second reading is yet to be scheduled.
- Campaign for Better Transport operates in England and Wales. We campaign to bring sustainable transport to all and ensure solutions are delivered that improve the wellbeing of communities, quality of life and the environment. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).